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Well, I did this on a few other issues, too, when I was running the editorial page. If I felt that
a member of the editorial staff knew a lot more about a given subject than I did, and certainly
I felt that Mrs. Huxtable knew a hell of a lot more about city planning and the cityscape than I
did, I would accept that editorial writer's judgment over my own. I'm sure that I did this on a
few issues. I can't think of any specific ones right now, but I certainly did that, as in this case.
I do remember this one because of the fact that I changed my mind about it. By the time I had
left the editorial page, which was the end of '76, early '77, the Westway issue was boiling
along, and I became convinced some time in '77 -- not sort of overnight or anything like that,
but I became convinced, because I was getting a lot of material on it, more and more, that we
had been just wrong. We had judged wrongly on the position we had taken. It was mildly
supportive, as I remember, of the whole Westway project. Yet the more I looked into it on my
own -- and this was several months later -- the more uneasy I got about it.
And so I finally decided -- of course, I couldn't change editorial policy because I now had
nothing more to do with the editorial page, and I was now writing Op-Ed pieces. And so I
think sometime in the second half of '77, I think, -- I'm sure it must have been at least six
months or so after I left the editorial page -- I ran my first Op-Ed piece attacking Westway.
By that time, I was quite convinced that this was a terrible boondoggle and a very bad thing.
And after I wrote that one, of course, I got more information and so on and so on, and became
more and more completely convinced that this was a crazy and wasteful, expensive and wrong-
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